Chair: Orleton Primary School
Scott Myers, Orleton Primary School, Orleton,
Herefordshire (180 pupils)
Running your PTA
- How many people are there on your committee? 7
- How long have you been Chair? 3 years
- When is your busiest time of year? The autumn
term, as we have our two biggest fundraisers in this term
- When is your quietest time of year?
November/December, as we only have one small fundraiser this term
due to the expense of Christmas for most people!
- How hands-on are you as a Chair? I do delegate
but I tend to do the majority myself, whether it is overseeing all
or taking on the tasks. I consider myself a very hands-on
- What is your relationship like with the school and the
staff? It's excellent; I am very pleased to say!
Tips and advice
- What advice will you pass on to your
successor? To make sure that the PTA works as one with the
school and most importantly with the school children
- What do you wish you'd known before becoming
Chair? I had been Chair of a secondary school PTA for five
years previously, but I must admit that I would have liked to have
known more about how different a small primary school in very rural
- What have you personally gained from being
Chair? I feel a great sense of achievement in helping both
schools raise much-needed funds to enhance the children's daily
lives at school. It's also great to bring the PTA, teachers, other
school staff, and the children together to work as a team.
- What is the best thing about being Chair?
Working with everyone at the school for a mutual cause to make
things even better!
- What do you think makes a good PTA Chair?
Being able to give strong leadership, work well with others,
communicate well, and enjoy what you are doing!
Challenges in the role
- What challenges have you faced? Nothing
really, apart from when Ofsted arrived on site at my previous
school and interrupted the preparations of our annual PTA Ball, but
we managed to get all done in time in the end!
- Have you ever had an instance where you have had to
challenge the school's decision(s)? Yes, at my previous
school when the PTA wanted to spend money on installing drinking
water fountains, which the pupils had identified as something they
really needed. The school wanted to spend the money on a
landscaping project, but in the end we did agree to install the
fountains after discussion.
- How do you go about recruiting volunteers for
events? We distribute plenty of publicity via school
email, letter and Facebook page. I had to issue a very strong
letter back in September 2015 asking for support, as at the time I
was the only member! I am pleased to say the several parents
volunteered and all is now good again!
- How do you go about boosting morale and motivating your
committee? Holding our committee meetings at the village
- How do you welcome new families to the school?
We hold an autumn BBQ and fete at the beginning of term to welcome
new pupils and their families. At my previous school we held a
cheese and wine evening for the new parents.
- How long do you intend on being Chair? For a
few years yet, unless someone else is very keen to take the role
- How long did you plan on being Chair when you started,
and has this changed since taking on the role? At both
schools, the position of Chair was pretty much vacant, so I stepped
into the role at the earliest opportunity, and plan to be around
for as long as is needed.
- Do you intend on having your successor shadow you in
the role, before you step down? We have a Vice-Chair on
our committee, so hopefully this will happen naturally!
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